Do you remember the talk about the Android@Home from the Google I/O last year? Well not much really as developed to the forefront since and to many it was what had the most potential from the Google yearly event. Yesterday the Wall St. Journal reported that Google is to be working on a system that will stream music through the home wirelessly and echo’s along the lines of the Android@Home sounds.
Apparently it’s to be on the Google brand, with it heralded as being called simply the Android Hub. This year’s Google I/O looks likely as the place of revelation of this new device from Google, it’s also noted to say that the journal believes the Android Hub will stream other media that’s not just music, this could include tying it in with GoogleTV and other media services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, well you get the idea and possibilities, I’m just surmising really.
Whether this merges with GoogleTV, becomes the next incarnation of the product to get media into our homes, or a separate entity is yet to be known, but i think Google could be taking the next step into getting the Android@Home ball rolling. A low-cost ARM processor powered Android Hub with full Google integration would be a much bigger hit than the GoogleTV, which has just faltered along the way, of course if it is being marketed as the Android Hub, this would greatly improve it’s chances to the consumers who like a familiar name. Remember the Google Chromebook, and of course the mentioned GoogleTV, well, not done great have they. Android, now there’s a more branded, marketable and I want to buy it name to get out there.
Let’s also take a look at some backing evidence as well from Google that suggests WSJ’s reports look like they have credibility here. Google have asked the FCC’s permission to send out devices to some of it’s employees, these devices have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and have described as to being “developing a next generation personal communication device that requires testing outside the laboratory environment. The devices are in the prototyping phase and will be modified prior to final compliance testing.” It looks promising whatever the case, Android Hub, entertainment box, media centre, well it’s exciting to be centred around Android@Home that’s for sure.
Google have been getting all there concentration back since Larry Page took the helm, more emphasis on less projects and more time knitting them all together into that close cloud togetherness. With the talk still of the Google Drive, and of course all the other cloud based services we have from Google already, with media types that include running through Android – Google Music, Picasa, Movies, YouTube, Listen, plus more, also not forgetting the reported Siri competitor that is rumoured called Majel to interact via voice.
An inexpensive option that reigns through focused on the cloud and streaming content is where the future lies, with Android@Home this seems the first point of what could potentially become a much larger scale reality. At the Google I/O we could be seeing a simple Set-top box with Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC so you can connect and also “Beam” content, Bluetooth to connect extra devices, Android Market access and who knows maybe even a remote.
Check out this video from last year’s Google I/O on Android@Home and try think far ahead of the possibilities that the little green robot possesses. The Android Hub, A successor to the GoogleTV, An Android home media/Entertainment Box? – The first steps? I can’t wait until see!